voice recorders are a great alternative, however utilizing the technology beyond playback is often more of a hassle than a convenience. Philips' new Digital Pocket Memo 9600 offers some nice perks like DSS-Pro file encoding, password protection and encryption, voice command for hands-free use, one-touch key assignment, and 1.71-inch back-lit display, but what really sets it apart are its accessories. The LAN docking station eliminates the need for a PC or intermediary application, allowing dictations to be directly uploaded to a company network or any web address. For those who wish to link dictations to other digital material, the Barcode Module can scan barcode information and directly attach it to the corresponding dictation, intended to increase efficiency and prevent mix-ups. So maybe you're a busy professional looking for the latest in voice recording tech, or maybe you just really like to hear yourself talk -- either way, the Digital Pocket Memo 9600's new bells and whistles might be worth a try to relieve transcription and application woes.